5 things to know about the Texas church shooting

A gunman walked into a church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing over 20 people


By PoliceOne Staff

A gunman walked into a church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing over 20 people and wounding at least 10 others. Here are five things to know about the mass casualty incident.

1. The church filmed its services.

The Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church filmed its services and posted them on a YouTube channel. The latest video post is from Oct. 29, when Pastor Frank Pomeroy gave a sermon titled “You Don't Need Training Wheels, You Need Christ!”

Law enforcement has not yet said whether there is video evidence of Sunday’s disturbing attack.

2. The pastor’s daughter was killed in the shooting.

Pomeroy was out of town in Oklahoma at the time of the shooting, but his 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was among those tragically gunned down in the attack.

Pomeroy described Annabelle to ABC News as “one very beautiful, special child.”

3. SUtherland Springs is a Tight-Knit community

Sutherland Springs has a population in the hundreds, according to the New York Times. The 2000 census had the population as 362 – meaning the death toll from Sunday’s attack could amount to around 7 percent of the population.

The New York Times, citing a law enforcement source, said the gunman was from Comal County and drove to the church in Wilson County to carry out the attack.

4. Police are checking the gunman’s home for explosives.

MySa.com reported San Antonio police are checking for explosive devices in the suspected shooter’s home. The shooter was either killed by police or a self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing the scene.

5. The shooting is the deadliest mass killing at a house of worship in modern U.S. history.

Sunday’s attack is the deadliest shooting inside a house of worship in modern U.S. history. The previous highest was the 2015 mass killing at Emanuel AME Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, perpetrated by Dylann Roof.

 

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